With camera technology improving exponentially on mobile platforms, it’s inevitable that stock libraries will soon be gobbling up our cell phone pictures too. So I’ve been checking out the reviews on the best cell phone cameras.

A quick search reveals the answer to my dreams: the Google Pixel. Or so I thought.

DXO salivates:

‘With an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 89, pixel, the latest Google smartphone, is the highest-rated smartphone camera we have ever tested. Its image quality scores are impressive across the board, but it is particularly strong in providing a very high level of detail from its 12.3MP camera, with relatively low levels of noise for every tested lighting condition. It also provides accurate exposures with very good contrast and white balance, as well as fast autofocus.

The Pixel’s strong scores under a wide range of conditions make it an excellent choice for almost any kind of photography. As with any small-sensor device, results are excellent in conditions with good and uniform lighting. But in addition, images captured indoors and in low light are very good and provide a level of detail unexpected from a smartphone camera. With flash, its auto white balance and detail preservation are excellent, making it suitable for indoor portraits — and even for photographing indoor events as long as there is some additional ambient light to help even out the flash.’

But is it really that much better than the rest? I’m not so sure.

It may be the best in terms of image quality, but not by much. And while the dynamic range is a home run, other batters out there hit almost as far.

Check out the LG v-20. It has something pretty incredible the Pixel doesn’t: a separate wide angle lens! Brilliant! This will surely become the standard down the line. Why not three or even four separate lenses, all with their own unique capabilities?

Just playing around with the wide angle is a joy and opens you up to a whole new level of creativity. 

For all its bells and whistles, the one-lens Google Pixel already looks dated by comparison. I’d rather have two lenses in my pocket than an extra stop of dynamic range any day!